At about 2:15 a.m. on Monday, November 19, a 25-year-old male driver was killed in a rear-end collision on the transition road between the 5 and 134 freeways near Glendale. While traveling about 80 mph in a Honda Accord, a 22-year-old man slammed into the back of a Ford Focus that was stopped on the road, the impact sending it down an embankment. The driver of the Ford was declared dead at the scene. Authorities arrested the driver of the Honda, who sustained minor injuries, on suspicion of DUI.
“When a motorist violates traffic safety laws and causes a serious accident, he or she may face criminal charges from the state and civil actions from the victims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic collisions claimed the lives of 346 people and injured another 62,881 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Crashes occurring between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. resulted in 6,760 fatal and injury incidents, while alcohol was a factor in 6,511 such accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the driver who was killed on the transition road.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this fatal rear-end collision.
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